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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-09-25


Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-09-25
--RHP Brett Myers endured his second consecutive poor start after pitching on three days' rest two weeks ago. Myers, who surrendered 10 runs in four innings last Friday night at Florida in the worst start of his career, allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday night in a loss to the Braves. He strayed from his fastball and served up two first-inning runs, as four of the first five Braves hitters got hits. Of Myers' 92 pitches, he threw only 37 fastballs. The rest were curveballs and other off-speed pitches. When Myers went 7-2 with a 1.56 ERA during a 10-start stretch from July 29 through Sept. 14, he threw his fastball with great confidence.

"I just didn't have any angle on it," Myers said of his fastball. "It was up in the zone. I was a huge part of why we lost. If anybody wants to blame anybody, put it on me."

--2B Chase Utley belted a solo home run in the third inning, his 33rd long ball of the season. With that, Utley surpassed his single-season career high for homers. He belted 32 home runs in 2006. Utley had 25 homers at the All-Star break and has hit only eight in his last 64 games.

--RF Jayson Werth recorded his ninth outfield assist in the third inning Wednesday night when he threw out Martin Prado at the plate, tying his career high set last season. It was the Phillies' 36th outfield assist of the season, most among NL teams.

--CF Shane Victorino and Braves RHP Julian Tavarez had words between the mound and third base in the eighth inning Wednesday night, prompting the dugouts and bullpens to empty. As the players walked toward one another, the umpires stepped between them, and the incident didn't escalate. Victorino was unavailable for comment.

"It was absolutely nothing," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "If I had my way, know what I'd do? Form a big circle and see who wants to fight. I've seen that before. Nobody fights."

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Victories for the Phillies in their first nine games this season at Turner Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Phillies are the first team to win nine consecutive road games in Atlanta in a single season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "How can you really argue with the guy for not playing you? You don't really have much bargaining power." -- Phillies LF Pat Burrell, who went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts Sept. 16 in Atlanta and said he wouldn't have argued if manager Charlie Manuel had decided to bench him the following night. (Manuel didn't.)


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 25, 2008

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